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Seminar: Decolonizing Music

Welcome to the second seminar of the series Decolonizing Music. It is set up as an encounter between the Sámi and Kurdish choreographer Marit Shirin Carolasdotter and the Vietnamese musician Nguyễn Thanh Thủy. In individual presentations they will address perspectives on decolonization in the contemporary performing arts, leading up to a joint improvised performance.

When: Wednesday 9/2, 15.30-18.00

Where: Svarta Lådan / Black box

Marit Shirin Carolasdotter

The presentation describes the process, goals, and methods of a multi-modal collaborative project entitled “Humans & Soil” Länk till annan webbplats.. It is a multifaceted piece of Indigenous activism and art that demonstrates the interconnectedness of issues such as repatriation, land, body, and knowledge. In this work, the microcosm of the human body becomes an embodiment of both trauma and healing, and choreography becomes a mode of political advocacy for the dead through physical space, movement, and embodiment.

Nguyễn Thanh Thủy

The presentation gives a brief background to decolonizing processes in Vietnam, starting at the end of the war against the French, with particular focus on strands of decolonization of the performing arts. This is further explored through an account of my personal experience of negotiating individual voice in a postcolonial context through intercultural collaboration. Read about her Doctoral project Länk till annan webbplats..

We have also invited Camilla Reppen and Katarina Lion from Stockholm University of the Arts to present their work with scanning for decolonizing potentials in higher education.

There will be time for questions and collective reflections, as well as an opportunity to connect with others after the seminar.


Contact Klas Nevrin, klas.nevrin@kmh.se, if you plan to attend, so we can make a preliminary assessment.

Note that this practice-based seminar will be live, but due to Covid-19 restrictions the number of participants will be limited.